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State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR) Award





The CSG Southern Office recognizes that state employees work hard, not only to provide outstanding services to their citizens, but also by striving to develop and adapt new and improved programs to make their states a better place to live.  Such efforts should be recognized and rewarded, and innovative ideas should be shared among colleagues.

The STAR award represents an opportunity to highlight successful programs implemented within your state, especially those that can be replicated across state lines to improve the region as a whole.

Program Liaison

Nick Bowman

Nick Bowman, Research & Publications Associate

Showcase Your State's Success

The Southern Office of The Council of State Governments (CSG) is accepting applications for its 2017 State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR) award for innovative state government programs and services. To qualify, programs must be from the Southern Office’s 15-state region. The deadline for submitting your program for consideration is Friday, May 26, 2017.

For nearly 40 years, CSG has identified and promoted exceptional state government programs. Through the STAR award, the Southern Office recognizes impactful, creative, effective and transferable state government solutions. Innovative program submissions are accepted from a wide array of state agencies, departments and institutions operating within the executive, legislative and judicial governmental branches.

Following an initial review process, five finalists will be invited to present their program to the STAR judges panel — comprising state legislators, legislative staff and policy experts — convening on August 1, 2017, at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi. There, two exceptional programs will be selected as models of efficiency and effectiveness in state governments in the Southern region.

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State programs are evaluated and graded by the following criteria:

Impact – How far-reaching are the benefits and solutions of the program?
Creativity – Does the program represent a new and creative approach to solving common problems or issues?
Effectiveness – To what extent is the program successful at addressing an issue, and how efficiently does it operate?
Transferability – From a logistical and fiscal standpoint, could the program or practice easily be transferred to other states?

2017 Documents

 2017 STAR Award Brochure

STAR Brochure

Online Application

How to Apply

Historical Information

Previous Years' Winners

Example Program Categories

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agricultural Education
Conservation & Land Use
Land Preservation
Parks & Recreation
Natural Resources

Economic Development, Fiscal Affairs & Transportation

Business & Commerce
International Trade
Transportation Infrastructure
Public-Private Partnerships


Training & Development
Workforce Development



Health & Human Services

Children & Families
Health Services
Human Services

Government Operations & Technology

Information Systems
Public Information

Public Safety & Corrections

Criminal Justice
Substance Abuse
Emergency Management
Public Safety

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